With the help of the venue photo team we gained access to the roof of a hotel across the road, giving the best vantage point possible over the stadium on the beach and waited for the sun to set.
The organisers of the 21st edition of Commonwealth Games have issued a public apology for conducting a shambolic closing ceremony which drew flak from many sporting organisations and officials.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation said in a statement it was, "naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".
The 2018 Commonwealth Games provided many memorable moments over the past 11 days. But this doesn't entirely explain the lack of exultation in the medal tally.
Disappointments: Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene was forced to withdraw because of injury, while swimmer Jazz Carlin failed to defend her 800m freestyle title from Glasgow, finishing sixth in the final.
Maritzburg's hockey stars Phume Mbande (Carter High), Celia Evans and Kara-Lee Botes, who both attended PMB Girls' High, during the Games.
In a sensational mistake by organisers, the big finale turned into a shambles taking the shine off a successful Commonwealth Games for the hosts. The action, drama., sportsmanship and excitement that has defined the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games continued right up until the last second.
However, the Games also saw several protests from indigenous activists who dubbed them the "Stolenwealth Games", a reference to Britain's colonisation of Australia. New Zealand are expected to win the semifinal and face Australia in a re-match of the Rio Olympics final.
It was perhaps apt that these invigorating, sun-and-sandals Commonwealth Games resolved themselves in the image of Usain Bolt hitting the decks with a gyrating blue koala. 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals were collected by the Indian contingent in all as they showed that they are a force to be reckoned with across a number of disciplines. They won 16.2% of the medals available, only delivering a lower percentage at Melbourne 2006 (15%) - which was also staged in the northern hemisphere spring. But none of this success has previously translated into medals at bigger global competitions.
Tucked into the programme between the 3,000 metres steeplechase and the heptathlon 800 metres heats was Arnott's 100 metres sprint.
There is a clear disconnect between success at elite sports and sport's meaning and relevance to Australians' lives. Her maiden CWG singles gold came at the 2010 Games in New Delhi.
Speaking on the Today show, Beattie took full responsibility for the error following criticism from the media and the Australian public.
The host city for the 2026 games is yet to be decided, with an election in 2019. We can't affect what other people do. From its beginnings in Canada more than 80 years ago, the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle. Sport funding models prioritise elite competition but have failed to provide the necessary infrastructure and opportunities for many to participate in Commonwealth Games sports.
Neeraj Chopra is the first Indian Javelin thrower to bag a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Read the original article here.
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